- the hind part of the body of an animal, where the legs and back join, or the sacral part of a bird
- a cut of meat, usually beef, from this part, behind the loin and above the round
- the buttocks
- the last, unimportant or inferior part; mere remnant
- a legislature or other body having only a remnant of its former membership, as because of expulsions, and hence regarded as unrepresentative and without authority
Origin of rumpMiddle English rumpe from Old Norse rumpr, akin to German rumpf, trunk (of the body) from Indo-European base an unverified form remb-, an unverified form romb-, to chop, notch from source Czech roubiti, to chop
- The fleshy hindquarters of an animal.
- A cut of beef or veal from the rump.
- The buttocks.
- The part of a bird's back nearest the tail.
- The last or inferior part.
- A legislature having only a small part of its original membership and therefore being unrepresentative or lacking in authority.
Origin of rumpMiddle English rumpe of Scandinavian origin
From Middle English rumpe, from Old Norse rumpr (“rump"), from Middle Low German rump (“the bulk or trunk of a body, trunk of a tree"), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *rumpÅ (“trunk of a tree, log"). Cognate with Icelandic rumpur (“rump"), Swedish rumpa (“rump"), Dutch romp (“trunk, body, hull"), German Rumpf (“hull, trunk, torso, trunk").
In the sense of remnant, first attested in the Rump Parliament of 1648.